Remembering Hurricane Harvey

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Saturday, August 25, 2018
Port Arthur, Texas, August 31, 2017.

Hurricane Harvey is tied with 2005's Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting $125 billion (2017 USD) in damage, primarily from catastrophic rainfall-triggered flooding in the Houston metropolitan area.

It was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005.

Winds left residents throughout Barbados without electricity.

Strong winds and heavy rainfall also affected Suriname and Guyana.

On September 8, President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 601, which among other spending actions designated $15 billion for Hurricane Harvey relief.

After striking land, Harvey rapidly weakened as its speed slowed dramatically to a crawl, and Harvey weakened to a tropical storm on August 26. For about two days the storm stalled just inland, dropping very heavy rainfall and causing widespread flash flooding. Harvey's center drifted back towards the southeast, ultimately re-emerging into the Gulf of Mexico on August 28. 

Harvey caused at least 107 confirmed deaths: 1 in Guyana, and 106 in the United States. 

On April 11, 2018, at the 40th session of the RA IV hurricane committee, the World Meteorological Organization retired the name Harvey from its rotating name lists, due to the extensive damage and loss of life it caused along its track, particularly in the state of Texas, and its name will never again be used for another Atlantic hurricane. It will be replaced with Harold for the 2023 season.

The remnants continued northeastwards, before being absorbed into another extratropical system on September 3.



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